Pacers Media Day

Stephenson explains

Pacers rookie point guard Lance Stephenson said he felt his issues are behind him, as well.

The New York native awaits an Oct. 19 court date for multiple charges, including felony assault, for allegedly pushing the mother of his child down some stairs during an August incident in Brooklyn.

“I’m just trying to be a better person on and off the court, move forward and stay focused,” Stephenson said.

A heralded point guard from New York, Stephenson’s previous off-court issues contributed to his falling from a first-round draft pick to the second round. He also got a call from Granger.

“He told me, ‘You have to be a better person off the court,’ ” the 6-5 Stephenson said. “You can’t get into the drama and stuff like that.”

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